Planned Giving


Including The Maryland School for the Blind in your will or estate trust are meaningful ways to strengthen the school for future generations.

Through The Maryland School for the Blind’s Legacy Society we will recognize those individuals who have chosen to be part of our Planned Giving program. Please call the Marlo in the Development Office 410-319-5728 and let us know your intention so we can invite you to be a part of this special group.

Here are examples of the types of Bequests you can create for The Maryland School for the Blind:

Specific Bequest

A specific bequest involves making a gift of a specific dollar amount. For example, you may wish to leave $10,000 to The Maryland School for the Blind.

Percentage Bequest

Another kind of specific bequest involves leaving a specific percentage of your overall estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 10% of your estate to The Maryland School for the Blind.

Residual Bequest

A residual bequest is made from the balance of an estate after the will or trust has given away each of the specific bequests. A common residual bequest involves leaving a percentage of the residue of the estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 30% of the residue of your estate to The Maryland School for the Blind.

Bequest Benefits

A bequest is generally a revocable gift, which means it can be changed or modified at any time. You can choose to designate that a bequest be used for a general or specific purpose so you have the peace of mind knowing that your gift will be used as intended. Bequests are exempt from federal estate taxes. If you have a taxable estate, the estate tax charitable deduction may offset or eliminate estate taxes, resulting in a larger inheritance for your heirs.

Bequest Language

In order to make a bequest, you should speak with your attorney. Your attorney can help you include a bequest to The Maryland School for the Blind in your estate plan. Below is some basic bequest language to assist you and your attorney.

Specific Bequest
If you are considering making an outright bequest to The Maryland School for the Blind, we recommend the following language:

Bequest of a Specific Dollar Amount
I hereby give, devise and bequeath _ and No/100 dollars ($DOLLARS) to the Maryland School for the Blind, a nonprofit organization located at 3501 Taylor Ave, Baltimore, MD 21236, Federal Tax ID # 52-0584118, for the Maryland School for the Blind general use and purpose.

Percentage Bequest
If you are considering making a bequest of a percentage of your estate to the Maryland School for the Blind, we recommend the following language:

I hereby give, devise and bequeath _ percent (%) of my total estate, determined as of the date of my death, to the Maryland School for the Blind, a nonprofit organization located at 3501 Taylor Ave, Baltimore, MD 21236, Federal Tax ID # 52-0584118, for the Maryland School for the Blind general use and purpose.

Residual Bequest
I hereby give, devise and bequeath to the Maryland School for the Blind, a nonprofit organization located at 3501 Taylor Ave, Baltimore, MD 21236, Federal Tax ID # 52-0584118, ALL OR A PERCENTAGE of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to be used for The Maryland School for the Blind’s general use and purpose.